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president obama is about to do something he has never done before-- he will address a congress controlled completely house and senate, by the opposition party, as he reports on the state of the union and lays out his agenda for the final two years of his presidency. the question, of course, is how much of that agenda the republican majority will accept. among the things the president will say, "this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules." chief white house correspondent major garrett has the speech hot off the press. major. >> reporter: scott, the president will tell the country the time has come to turn the page on an era defined by recession and direct u.s. combat in afghanistan and iraq. in another excerpt just released from the white house, the president will say: from the white house, the president will say:
>> reporter: for the f >> reporter: for the first time in office, the u.s. economy is an asset to president obama. his approval ratings and consumer confidence have risen as he prepares to deal with another first-- a congress run by republicans. in the latest cbs news poll, 53% of the country describe the condition of the u.s. economy as "good."as "good." that's 16 percentage points higher than when the president last delivered a state of the union address. the poll also gave the president a 46% approval rating, seven points higher than it was in october. the president has already crisscrossed the country unveiling tonight's domestic policy ideas. the goal-- to help middle classmili families through paid family leave, tax cuts, and lower community college costs. republicans have rejected these and other proposals. senate majority leader mitch
mcconnell: >> but when we've asked the white house for constructive engagement, what we've seen, at least so far, has been pretty discouraging. we need to change this dynamic. we need to turn the page. >> reporter: in a sign that confrontation is coming, the white house has already issued eight veto threats to republicans' bills. two of those came just hours before the president travels to the capitol hill, scott, to tell the country he can and will seek compromise.ek >> pelley: major, thank you very much. bob schieffer is our chief washington correspondent and anchor of "face the nation." bob, what are you looking for tonight?epor >> reporter: well, i'll tell you, scott, the president is addressing a nation that is deeply divided. but it is fair to say most people are at least in a better humor than they were a year ago. the economy is better. wages are still stagnant, but unemployment is the lowest of the obama presidency and a million jobs were created over the last year. that is the good news. the president will talk a lot about make the tax code fairer
raising taxes on rich people. republicans, he knows, will oppose most of that, but heat the wants to get it into the conversation. they were saying over at the white house today, if republicans have better ideas, then lay them out and we'll talk. expect a lot more talk-- action less probable. we're also told he will devote about a third of his speech to foreign policy. back at the beginning of the administration, his people had hoped that, by now, most of the troops would be back home, and the "war on terror," as they called it back then, would be over. it did not work out that way, as we've been reminded in recent weeks. and when it will be won is one question we can be sure he will not be able to answer tonight. >> pelley: bob will be with us for our cbs live news coverage of the state of the union address and the republican response, beginning at 9:00 eastern time, 8:00 central, 6:00 in the west. one likely area of political bridge building is, well, bridge
building. the nation's infrastructure of bridges, roads, and pipelines is sorely in need of renovation and we saw fresh evidence last night when part of a highway overpass being demolished in ohio collapsed, killing a construction worker. here's jeff pegues. >> reporter: the concrete from the overpass above interstate 75 nearly crushed the cab of this truck. o the driver of the semi somehow survived. it was a routine bridge demolition gone terrible wrong. the $90 million construction project began over a year and a half ago. there are thousands of infrastructure projects just like it across the country. one in nine bridges in the u.s. is rated as structurally deficient, and 32% of major roads are in poor or mediocre condition. chad moutray is the chief economist for the national association of manufacturers. >> when we talk to many of our manufacturing members, 70% of them said that, overall,
infrastructure in the united states was not up to par. we need a quality infrastructure to be able to continue to compete. >> reporter: in washington lawmakers haven't been able to agree on how to fund infrastructure improvements. the highway trust fund, which is financed by the gas tax, is falling short for more than a decade. now, some cities are turning away from washington for answer. >> we're going to the capital markets for a quarter-of-a- billion dollar bond. >> reporter: kasim reed is the mayor of atlanta. >> the state of our national infrastructure is embarrassingrr and we all know it, and it's really starting to adversely affect people in rural america and in urban america alike. >> reporter: right now, the country is spending just $13 billion annually to fix bridges. scott, that's $8 billion shortth of what the federal highway administration says is needed annually to fix deficient bridges by 2028. >> pelley: jeff, thanks very much. and speaking of repairs, that scaffolding on the capital is
part of a total restoration of the civil war-era dome. the scaffolding should be down late this year. today, james holmes went on trial two and a half years after the movie theater massacre in aurora, colorado. holmes appeared in court with dark hair neatly trimmed. it could take months to pick a jury out of the pool of 7,000, the largest in u.s. history. his lawyers admit holmes shot 12 people to death and injured 70 but he has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. we learned today the air asia plane that crashed last month was attempting an extreme maneuver more common to a fighter jet. bob orr has the latest. >> reporter: in the final moments before air asia flight 8501 crashed into the java sea the passenger jet was in a steep and dangerous climb, pushing the limits of safety. new information from the plane's
flight data recorder reveals the jet was ascending at a rate of 6,000 feet a minute, three times greater than normal for the airbus a-320. the pilots were apparently trying to quickly climb above bad weather, but the data and radar information suggests the flight crew pulled the plane's nose too high, likely causing the jet to stall and pitch over in a deadly dive. flight 8501, with 162 people on board, crashed into the water. the fuselage and tail shattered on impact. after listening to the plane's cockpit voice recorder investigators say there is no evidence of terrorism, no sounds of threats, gunfire, or explosions. instead, investigators say, the two air asia pilots seemed to be alone on the flight deck, busily trying to handle the jet. while a mechanical failure or bad weather can't be completely ruled out yet, it's clear at this point investigators are focused on the pilots, scott, in what appears to be a series of
mistakes made in the cockpit. >> pelley: bob orr in our washington newsroom tonight. bob, thank you. today, isis threatened to execute two more hostages. the islamic militant group which controls a third of iraq and syria, has beheaded at least five hostages, including three americans. holly williams is following this. >> reporter: dressed in guantanamo-style jumpsuits, the two japanese men knelt in silence as an isis militant bargained for their lives. >> you now have 72 hours to pressure your government in making a wise decision by paying $200 million to save the lives of your citizens. >> reporter: one of the men is believed to be kenji goto, a japanese journalist who was reporting on syria's civil war when he disappeared last year. the other is thought to be haruna yukawa, who described himself as a private security contractor before his capture in
august. the militant in the video seems to be the man known as "jihadi john," who has appeared in several isis execution videos. though the american government says it refuses to negotiate with terrorists, many other countries are willing to pay for the release of their citizens. isis made an estimated $20 million from its trade in hostages last year alone. the release of the video publicly demanding ransom money comes at a time when the group has very few western hostages left. it also follows intense u.s.-led air strikes on syrian oil facilities, which the extremists depend on to fund their self- styled islamic state. the strikes and the recent drop in oil prices may now be hurting isis financially. and the air campaign also seems to be succeeding in clawing back territory in iraq.
in syria, though, scott, the situation is more complicated. while isis appears to be losing ground in the strategically key city of kobani, elsewhere inko syria, it may actually be gaining territory. >> pelley: holly williams reporting for us from istanbul turkey, tonight. holly, thank you. the mayor of paris said today she intends to sue fox news after its guests and at least one host claimed islamic militants control parts of france and britain, and police are afraid to enter these so- called "no-go zones." fox news has acknowledged it got it wrong and has apologized.measles outbre the measles outbreak isin spreading. at least 46 cases have been traced to a disney theme park in southern california. now, some students who are healthy are being banned from school. here's ben tracy. >> reporter: students at huntington beach high school have more to worry about than their upcoming final exams.
in a letter to parents, public health officials said a student with measles was at school on january 6-8, and that simply being in the same room with someone who has measles is sufficient to become infected. dr. eric handler is orange county's health officer. he says the infected student had not been vaccinated for the disease. >> this is a very contagious serious disease. you can develop ear infection, pneumonia, encephalitis, and can die from it people can die from it. and here you have something that, if you get your shots, you can prevent the disease. >> reporter: 24 other unvaccinated students will not be allowed to return to huntington beach high for 21 days, the measles' incubation period. 17-year-old holly is concerned. >> we almost wiped out this disease, and then it comes back because people don't get vaccinated. and i think that that's the scary part to me is that it can come back.ep >> reporter: california's department of public health tracks vaccination rates at schools. the red dots on this map represent some of the highest risk schools in orange county.
more than a third of students enrolled are not fully vaccinated. five-year-old sheridan hagmier is one of them. her mom, dotty, is concerned vaccines cause more harm than good. the measles outbreak is now just miles from her home. is it possible that you've underestimated the potential threat to your children? >> for me, i feel very comfortable with the decisions that... that i've made for my kids.n' i don't feel like everybodyal getting vaccinated is actually e what's keeping everybody safe. >> reporter: now, california law does require that school children get vaccinated for measles, but parents can get anet exemption if they sign something known as a personal belief waiver, and, scott, the percentage of those waivers usedqu has quadrupled since 2000.n ou >> pelley: ben tracy in our los angeles newsroom. ben, thanks. the pope uses some colorful language. and if we ever get to mars these twins will deserve some credit when the cbs evening news continues.
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embraced by a population that is more than 80% catholic. he held an hour-long news conference aboard the papal plane and gave a blunt response to a question about the church's stance against contraception. speaking italian, he said, "some think that-- excuse me if i use that word-- that in order to be good catholics, we have to be like rabbits. no, responsible parenthood-- this is clear." >> there's a stereotype, i think, that if you're a good catholic family, you have to have ten or 12 kids, and he's going against that. >> reporter: father james martin is a jesuit like pope francis. was he giving a green light to contraception? >> no, he wasn't. in fact, at the beginning of the answer, he talks about the church's traditional teaching on contraception, and this has been said by a number of popes back to paul vi-- responsible parenting. he's actually not saying anything new. it's the way he's saying it, as is typical with pope francis. >> reporter: he also used colorful language to rail against corruption.
he recounted the time when, as a bishop in buenos aires, people offered to donate $200,000 if they got to keep half for themselves. "in that moment, i thought, what should i do, either insult them and give them a kick where the sun doesn't shine, or play the fool?" >> he's stirring things and trying to get us to look at things in a fresh way, and i think that's ultimately good. >> reporter: the pope will come to the u.s. in september with stops in washington and new york. scott, his visit will culminate with a mass >> pelley: elaine, thanks very much. we'll be back in a moment. we'll be back in in a moment. if you have high blood sugar ask your doctor about farxiga. it's a different kind of medicine that works by removing some sugar from your body. along with diet and exercise farxiga helps lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes.
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>> pelley: if mankind is to explore ot explore other worlds, we'll need to overcome the toll that space flight takes on the body. nasa has an opportunity to get some answers from two americanswers from tw with exactly the right stuff. and here's don dahler. >> reporter: astronauts scott and mark kelly have never gone into space together, but their yearlong mission apart may prove invaluable. >> hi, my name is scott kelly. >> reporter: once scott boards the international space station in march, he will undergo a daily battery of medical and psychological tests. 229 miles below in a nasa lab, twin brother mark will undergo those same tests, all to try to figure out how long durations in space affect the body. >> well, we know what the effect is for six-month missions, and now we need to know what it is
between six months and a year, and what those negative effects are and how to mitigate them.vi >> reporter: in zero gravity, heart muscle weakens, balance becomes shaky, and the eyes can lose their shape, affecting vision. astronauts have to exercise two and a half hours a day to minimize bone loss. do you think that the human body and the human mind are capable of... of long trips in space. right now, what we do know? >> the physiological, the medical stuff, the stuff like radiation and loss of bone mass m and muscle mass and density, it's those things that we need to figure out. >> reporter: genetically, the kellys are nearly identical, so mark will be the control subject, a baseline for how the extremes of space alter his brother physically and mentally. nasa scientists hope what they learn will some day make a three-year-long round trip to mars survivable. don dahler, cbs news, houston. >> pelley: if the state of the union is strong, it's becauseke
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he'll be sitting with the first lady tonight, and david martin has his story. >> reporter: there's a famous poem about flying which begins "i have slipped the surly bonds of earth and danced the skies on laughter's silvered wings." it was written during world war ii, but it describes jason gibson to a "t". >> once you're up there, you're flying. you can go anywhere. that's what it feels like and you can see everything. i just love that feeling. >> reporter: on earth, jason is tethered to a wheelchair because he lost both legs so high up, he cannot wear prosthetics. it happened on patrol inin afghanistan in 2012 when he took a knee and set off a roadside bomb.ust have broug it must have brought all your vital organs that much closer to the blast. >> i'm just lucky nothing worse happened. >> reporter: how did you survive? >> i don't know, a miracle. >> reporter: a miracle of medicine and the human spirit. since then, jason has competed in four marathons, hit the slopes in sun valley, and cast
for trout in montana. >> i tell people i've done more stuff with my life with no legs than when i had legs. >> reporter: but he was still tethered to some sort of wheelchair until he got his pilot's license. in a wheelchair, you're earthbound. >> yup, and there are obstacles. like coming here, the sidewalk is pretty bumpy and uneven, and that doesn't account for buildings that don't have ramps or other places. >> reporter: no stairs at 20,000 feet. >> nope. >> reporter: when president obama visited jason in the hospital, no one could have imagined he would one day fly. jason was so tranqed on pain meds, he didn't even know it was the president. >> it didn't register who he was. i have this... there are pictures of me just, like, glaring, like, "who is this guy? what is he doing here?" >> reporter: last october, he wrote the president a letter. >> saying, you know, "when you saw me, i don't know if you remember or not, but, you know here is my life after that point, you know. there is good, you know, from
bad things." >> reporter: jason and his wife, kara, performed another miracle, kara a baby girl. >> i cried in the operating room as she was born. it was the most amazing thing i've seen. >> reporter: given his wounds, jason had thought he would never be able to have children. but here, thanks to in vitro fertilization, his quinn is on her way to washington for tonight's state of the union address. >> it wasn't done here on earth. >> reporter: notice how jasonea ends every statement a chuckle. none of us would envy his condition; all of us should envy his spirit. >> pelley: and that's the western edition of the "cbs evening news" for tonight. we'll be right back at 6:00 with the state of the union address. with thanks to the jones day law firm for this window on washington, and for all of us at cbs news, all around the world i'm scott pelley. see you in a minute. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
>> this is a cbs news special report. president obama's state of the union address to a joint session of congress. from washington, here is scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. barack obama was first sworn in as president six years ago today today. he will leave office two years from today. so he has just entered what he calls the fourth quarter and he's about to let us in on his playbook. the opposition will be tougher now as he tries to get his agenda through congress. for the first time in his presidency, both houses are controlled by republicans. as he reports tonight on the state of the union some key numbers are moving in his favor. the unemployment rate and gasoline prices are down, and his job approval rating is up to 46%. joining